"There are no two points so distant from one another that they cannot be connected by a single straight line -- and an infinite number of curves."

Composer Lawrence Dillon has produced an extensive body of work, from brief solo pieces to a full-length opera. Three disks of his music are due out in 2010 on the Bridge, Albany and Naxos labels. In the past year, he has had commissions from the Emerson String Quartet, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Mansfield Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, the Daedalus String Quartet, the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the University of Utah and the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra.

Although he lost 50% of his hearing in a childhood illness, Dillon began composing as soon as he started piano lessons at the age of seven. In 1985, he became the youngest composer to earn a doctorate at The Juilliard School, and was shortly thereafter appointed to the Juilliard faculty. Dillon is now Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he has served as Music Director of the Contemporary Ensemble, Assistant Dean of Performance, and Interim Dean of the School of Music. He was the Featured American Composer in the February 2006 issue of Chamber Music magazine.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Right Back At Ya

Last week, I blogged about writing two pieces for a commission from the Cassatt Quartet, and asking them to choose which one they would play.

Now I have my answer.

“Well,” writes second violinist Jennifer Leshnower, “We are split down the middle....typical Quartet!”

Since two of them prefer Brio and two of them prefer Blossom, they’ve put the question right back to me: they want me to choose which piece I like best. I suppose that’s the way it should be. But how do I choose which one I like better? I’d be damning the other one to likely disembowelment, which is hardly a pleasant thought.

Odd, though: I wouldn’t give it a second thought if they had made the decision – it’s just having to decide myself that feels uncomfortable.


So naturally I’ve asked them if they would consider playing both.